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James Brawn  

James Brawn



The Australian pianist, James Brawn, was born in England, but has lived around the world in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Starting piano lessons in New Zealand at the age of 7, he performed Béla Bartók on New Zealand television and won his first awards in Auckland in 1979. Since his concerto debut in Australia with W.A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, K.503 aged 12, Brawn has forged his own musical path of discovery, studying with great pianists who can trace their pedagogical lineage back to L.v. Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann.His family moved to Melbourne the following year where his musical studies blossomed through the 1980’s with Margaret Schofield (a pupil of Solomon), Ronald Farren-Price (a pupil of Claudio Arrau) and Rita Reichman (a pupil of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski), winning major prizes at eisteddfods and scholarships including the Hephzibah Menuhin award presented by Yehudi Menuhin. While still at school, James performed concerti by W.A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Camille Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. He also reached the concerto final of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1987, leading to concerts with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony orchestras under conductors Omri Hadari and Patrick Thomas.

With a major overseas study grant from the Australia Arts Council, James Brawn was able to continue work with his mentor, Rita Reichman in Philadelphia, gaining a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 1988. There, he studied with Frank Wibaut and Christopher Elton, winning many recital awards including the Beethoven, Romantic and 20th century prizes, and performing in master-classes with great pianists including András Schiff, Tamás Vásáry, Stephen Kovacevich, Fou Ts'ong and Menahem Pressler. He also studied chamber music with members of the Amadeus and Chilingirian Quartets and attended the Britten-Pears and Lake District summer schools. At the age of 19, he won the Keyboard final of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.


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